Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia Daphne  AGM
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Magnolia Daphne AGM
NEW. One of the very best yellow flowered Magnolias. Deep yellow flowers in April and May after the worst frosts. It flowers at a young age, and is ideal for small gardens. A plant with upright habit, approx 2.5 metres in 10 years. A fantastic plant from Belgian Magnolia expert Philippe de Spoelberch. Best in acidic soils, but will tolerate neutral soils which have plenty of organic matter added.
£29.95
Magnolia Fairy Cream
Magnolia Fairy Cream
Raised by the New Zealand breeder Mark Jury (who also brought us Magnolia Black Tulip), this wonderful new magnolia produces an abundance of cream flowers along the length of its stems in spring. Unlike many of the other spring-flowering types, the foliage of this magnolia is mainly evergreen, although it may shed its leaves in colder winters. It makes a fine stand-alone specimen, especially in smaller...
£37.95

Magnolia Fairy White
Magnolia Fairy White
Raised by the New Zealand breeder Mark Jury (who also brought us Magnolia Black Tulip), this wonderful new magnolia produces an abundance of white flowers along the length of its stems in spring. Unlike many of the other spring-flowering types, the foliage of this magnolia is mainly evergreen, although it may shed its leaves in colder winters. It makes a fine stand-alone specimen, especially in smaller...
£37.95
Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' AGM
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Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' AGM
(H5) NEW! This variety of M. grandiflora is a huge improvement on all the old cultivars, flowering from a young age on a smaller plant ideal for smaller gardens. Also displays greater winter hardiness. Free flowering spicy-lemon scented white flowers from May, through summer. Dark glossy leaves with foxy indumentum. Upright habit either free standing as a single stem or bush, or trained against...
£21.95

Magnolia laevifolia 'Gail's Favourite'
Magnolia laevifolia 'Gail's Favourite'
Recently re-classified as Magnolia laevifolia 'Gail's Favourite' (syn Michelia 'Gails Favourite') Masses of brown flower buds open in spring to pure white scented blooms in April. A slow growing evergreen shrub with rounded dark green glossy foliage, and velvet brown undersides. Height 2m in 10 years. Shelter from strong winds. Best in lime free soils. Only recommended for milder areas of the UK.
£21.95
Magnolia laevifolia 'Mini Mouse'
Magnolia laevifolia 'Mini Mouse'
Recently reclassified from Michaelia to Magnolia, this low growing plant has brown buds opening to white globes and then white petals with yellow stamens when fully open. April-May flowering. Height 100-125cm in 10 years. Only recommended for milder regions of the country.
£21.95

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'  AGM
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Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' AGM
Dark purple buds open to dark red purple flowers, paler inside, in late April to May. A slow growing, multi stemmed shrub. Height 150-175cm in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£21.95
Magnolia Pegasus AGM
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Magnolia Pegasus AGM
Pure white candle like flowers with delicate rays of pink-purple at the base. Flowering in April with 6 large upright tepals and 3 smaller outer tepals, with good frost tolerance. Cylindrical red fruiting cones in the autumn. A fast growing upright tree, possibly a hybrid between M. cylindrica and M. denudata, growing 2-4 metres high in 10 years, and then 15m at maturity. Please note this variety...
£29.95

Magnolia Serene
Magnolia Serene
This lovely deciduous plant has distinctive, large bowl-shaped bright rose-coloured flowers in April. It has an upright pyramidal growing habit and good deep green summer foliage and as a bonus sometimes flowers again in the summer. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. Felix Jury of North Taranaki, New Zealand, was a well respected camellia breeder...
£29.95
Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95

Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
A lovely plant with pure white, large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young, as these can kill every bud, and hence the plant.
£25.95
Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'  AGM
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Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily' AGM
A selected form of Magnolia stellata with large pure white star-shaped scented flowers March and April. A slow growing shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Protect from late spring frosts when young.
from £19.95

Magnolia Theodora
Magnolia Theodora
One of the darkest pink soulangeana magnolias, with flowers that grade beautifully from darkest rich purple to pale pink. Upright habit, and flowering quite early for its type. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on sheltered acid soils. Magnolia expert Maurice Foster raised this plant and named it after his granddaughter. It is a hybrid of M. ‘Dark Shadow’ x M. campbellii mollicomata...
£29.95
Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna' AGM
A recently introduced late flowering plant with huge 15 to 20cm wide flat-shaped white fragrant flowers in April. An extremely beautiful and hardy loebneri hybrid. Densely branched deciduous upright habit growing 3.0m in 10 years. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits...
£19.95

Magnolia x proctorianaMagnolia x proctoriana
Magnolia x proctoriana
(H5 ) Pretty white flowers up to 10cm long appear during mid to late April, opening before the leaves on this deciduous plant. Slightly fragrant, it forms a broad spreading large shrub or small tree. Young leaves are a coppery green colour and are scented when crushed. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia proctoriana is a selected seedling from Magnolia salicifolia raised by T. R. Proctor and...
£19.95
Magnolia x soulangeana
Magnolia x soulangeana
Large tulip shaped white flowers with a rose-purple stain at the base. April and early May flowering, before the leaves appear. One of the best and most popular Magnolias for general planting, and will tolerate neutral clay soils and atmospheric pollution, but no good on shallow chalk soils. Usually forms a large shrub with wide spreading branches. Originally raised by M. Soulange-Bodin, who...
£29.95